Monthly Archives: January 2015



On Saturday 7th February we will be having a Fund Raising Sausage Sizzle at Master’s (Hardware Store) at Learmonth Rd Wendouree.   Please come along and buy a sausage and support your Civic Hall.

The Demolition Application has not been withdrawn,  only the decision to pursue  the Demolition  Application has been postponed by Council.  Whilst we remain positive that the Participatory Design Process will deliver a design that will both please the Community and the Business Sector, the retention of The Civic Hall is by no means  guaranteed.

In order to continue our campaign we still need to do fundraising activities to ensure that if there is a negative move by Council towards the future of the Civic Hall, we are prepared physically, emotionally and financially.  Our hope is that the Civic Hall will re-open and the funds raised can go back into the Community for an event.

Regular Segments on 99.9 Voice FM Community Radio

Community Radio 99.9 Voice Fm presenter, Alan Steinman has generously offered Judith and Merle a monthly segment on his Community Voices Program to discuss the Heritage Issue and Performers of the Civic Hall, which will be presented by Treasurer Judith and Current Issues and The Participatory Design Process currently being conducted at the Foyer of The Civic Hall…by Secretary Merle.  Lots of Civic Hall  music and interesting discussions will take place with fun for all.  You can catch us on 99.9 Voice Fm or if you don’t have a radio handy you can follow and listen to the program  using your computer to download streaming by  copying and pasting this link into your browser

The next time Judith and Merle will be on Alan’s program will be between 11.00am and 12 Noon on Thursday 19th February.  A big thank you to Voice Fm and Presenters Alan Steinman and Jan Skewes who have allowed us to be part of their programs and broadcast the important issues surrounding the Civic Hall.  


World Radio Day is on the Friday 13th February.  99.9 Voice Fm’s Community  Radio Presenter Alan Steinman is organising his Friday Morning program to feature the Music of Civic Hall Performers  99.9 voice FM.  He has invited Judith to come along and share some knowledge as well as other guests.  More details will be available closer to the date.


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Community  Workshops at the Civic Hall Foyer

These will be conducted by Here Studio at the Civic Hall  Open Studio Foyer next Tuesday 3rd Feb, Thursday 5th Feb and Saturday 7th February.  There are still many spots available for the workshops, so please make your booking or tell a friend about it!  These are for individuals or groups.  If you have ideas for the Civic Hall, now is the time to share them as the process will move to the next phase of creating designs based on the ideas that have been submitted.

 For bookings pleaseRSVPing on our website via this link .

Hard copies of the weekly Newsletter are now available at the Foyer of The Civic Hall. Collect one for yourself or pick one up for someone you know who does not use a computer.  You can sign up for the weekly Newsletter by visiting




The Civic Hall model now on show in the Foyer.

Dr Anne Beggs Sunter and Ammon admiring the Hall

Local Historian Dr Anne Beggs Sunter admiring the Hall with Consultant  Ammon Beyrle.


Get the bigger picture!!  The Open door Studio are will be conducting Community Workshops during February 2015.  These are open to individuals or groups.  There will be  three sessions and places are limited so you would need to book to secure your place.  This will be a great opportunity to interact with the consultants and other people in the community and further develop ideas for the future development of the Civic Hall and its site.

Numbers are strictly limited so don’t miss this opportunity to get involved and please book your place at one of the 3 workshops by RSVPing on our website via this link or coming into the studio to let us know.

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Here studio consultants for the Participatory Design Process
Here studio consultants for the Participatory Design Process



Welcome back to….we trust you had a pleasant and safe Christmas and New Year.  There are some exciting events in store in 2015 for The Ballarat Civic Hall…as they emerge details  will be listed on this site so don’t forget to keep checking our site on a regular basis.


Work is currently underway to prepare and source items for the  exciting

“Civic Hall-The People’s Hall”

The exhibition  will run from the 4th June -21st June 2015 at the Backspace Gallery.   You will be impressed at the range of  items that have been offered for the exhibition and we are still sourcing more Civic Hall items .

The Gold Museum has generously started a collection of Civic Hall items suitable for the exhibition and may be preserved for future generations, a big thank you to Curator-Roger Trudgeon.   Just a little point about donating or lending items – we’d appreciate it if you could contact us first, rather than just dropping things off at the Gold Museum. This is a new aspect of their collection, so we need to know if new things are donated that we can include in the exhibition.
Also, while the Gold Museum is happy to receive documents and other small items, they don’t really want to collect costumes and other large items. They will have to be collected closer to the time of the exhibition.
Please do get in touch ASAP if you have anything related to the Civic Hall. We would love to borrow items related to any aspect of the Civic Hall’s history.

Everything will be insured and we will handle all donations and loans with great care.
 If you are willing to loan or donate any  items.  Please call Merle Hathaway on 0419324042 to discuss details of items, donations,  loan arrangements or if you wish the items to be picked up.


The Civic Hall Open door Studio has now re-opened following a break over Christmas and New Year.  As we move closer toward the first milestone in the Community Design Process,  ideas and themes are beginning to emerge for the future design of the Civic Hall and its site.  It is critical at this stage that Community Groups and individuals visit the Foyer and put their ideas forward and interact with the consultants.  This process has never been tried before in Ballarat and it is a unique and wonderful opportunity to become  involved and have your say on how you would like to see the Civic Hall used for future generations…. so please contribute your ideas.   You can keep up with all the news at:

Opening hours are:

  • Tuesday 9am-5pm
  • Thursday 12 Noon-7pm
  • 1st Saturday in the month 9am-12 Noon 
Please contribute your ideas to the Community Design Process
Please contribute your ideas to the Participatory Design Process